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Status quo Republican candidates and their false campaign promises of overturning Roe v Wade

May 5, 2014

The 2014 election season is going strong. As with any election season the subject of abortion is already coming out in the literature of political campaigns in the Republican Party. For many people this is their most important topic when choosing a candidate. It is also the topic where I see Republican status quo politicians break their campaign promises once they make it to DC.

Before going on I will say this post is not about which side of the abortion debate I fall on. As full disclosure I will say I fall with most Americans that are somewhere between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice; therefore I believe abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances (in my case I believe those ‘certain circumstances’ should be rare). See the Gallup poll trend below to see how the public generally falls on abortion.


Gallup poll trends on public perception of abortions from 1975-2013

What this post is really about is the promise, either directly or implied, from status quo Republican politicians that they will overturn Roe v Wade via legislation. Status quo DC politicians typically ignore their campaign promises when they get elected; and in particular DC Republican status quo politicians seem to ‘forget’ their Right-to-Life promises as soon as they get sworn in.

Proof of this lack of willpower to keep campaign promises can be seen during the Bush years where there was a period of Republicans holding a majority in both houses (2003-2006). If status quo Republican politicians were going to actually take steps to overturn Roe v Wade that would have been their opportunity. Even though the opportunity was there, DC Republican status quo politicians failed to take actions on their campaign promises.

2005 provided the best opportunity for Republicans to actually try overturning Roe v Wade. In that year the Sanctity of Life Act (HR 776) was brought forth by Representative Ron Paul. This Act basically said that legal personhood begins directly after conception. It would have also prevented federal courts from overturning abortion laws enacted by States. This is the legislative equivalent of what status quo Republican politicians had been promising each election cycle. The bill only received five co-sponsors and died in committee without a hearing.

Rep Paul tried again in 2007 (HR 1094, HR 2597), 2009 (HR 2533), and 2011 (HR 1096). Each of those attempts were sent to subcommittees so the bill could be killed without a public hearing.

Personally I don’t feel any of those attempts would have made it through a filibuster in the Senate. But that isn’t the point. The point is the status quo DC Republicans didn’t even attempt to pass this legislation that would have kept their campaign promise to overturn Roe v Wade. Many of the status quo politicians relied heavily upon RTL groups in order to get elected; yet these same politicians ignored the RTL groups after making it to DC.

As the 2014 election proceeds I would recommend anyone voting purely based on Right-to-Life issues to avoid status quo Republican politicians. They typically love to make campaign promises to end abortion; yet when it comes time to actually make good on those promises they outright avoid any attempts to publicly vote on abortion once elected. Instead you might be better off looking at candidates that will actually make good on their promise to fight against the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions. That is another RTL stance that status quo politicians love to talk about, yet somehow fail to actually push legislation on.

  1. May 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Abortion is the best issue they have, because that’s how they get elected in SD. They use it every election cycle and once they get elected, they forget all about it.

    • May 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

      I agree. Its not just in SD. I know worthless status quo politicians across the country use it as a GOTV issue that seals their election. Yet they are never held accountable by voters when up for re-election, or seeking a new office.

      • May 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        Excellent article and I will be posting on fb and emailing this article to my pro-life friends and candidates. Thank you can for your factual reporting.

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